On this brief, yet exciting tour, we will commence our adventures at the ancient city of Gondar, famed for its spectacular and unique medieval castles. We will then continue to the lofty heights of the awe-inspiring Simien Mountains National Park, which holds the only population of the rare and magnificent Walia Ibex. Here we can also expect a bounty of birds as well as a wonderful selection of very scarce and range-restricted mammals, including huge troops of gentle and ridiculously confiding Geladas and, with a bit of luck, Ethiopian Wolf – the world’s rarest canid – to name just some of the many potential highlights!
The spectacular scenery, fascinating history, diverse cultures and astonishing wildlife make this a really superb finale to one of the most thoroughly enjoyable destinations in Africa!
Bearded Vulture, Thick-billed Raven, Wattled Ibis, Rouget’s Rail, Chestnut-naped Francolin, Spot-breasted Lapwing, White-billed Starling, Red-billed Chough, White-collared Pigeon, Banded Barbet, White-fronted & Rüppell’s Black Chat, White-winged Cliff Chat, Abyssinian Catbird, White-backed Black Tit, Abyssinian Longclaw, Yellow-rumped & Brown-rumped Seedeater, Ethiopian Siskin
Ethiopian Wolf, Gelada, Walia Ibex
afro-alpine moorland with Giant Lobelias, rocky slopes, cliffs
temperate in highlands, rain is not expected
spectacular scenery, the highest hotel in Africa, medieval castles of Gondar, Simien Mountains
What our clients say about tours to Ethiopia
Heinz Ortmann did an excellent job of leading a group with diverse interests. He was particularly patient in showing the birds to the non-birders, and I believe he increased the level of interest in all of them with his enthusiasm. (Graham is already talking about a possible trip to Uganda!). He also did his best…
The guide, Greg de Klerk, did a good job. He was well informed regarding the participants and tried hard to accommodate everyone’s needs. He made a good effort to inform us daily as to what birds we might see, which was very helpful.
Greg de Klerk is an excellent leader. What I admired most about Greg was his willingness and patience to take the time and “teach” the group shorebird and wading bird identification. Throughout the tour, he would take the time and repeat the details to anyone who asked, or seemed to be unclear on the details.
Simply stated, David Erterius is an exceptional individual: patient, kind, diligent, and hard-working almost to a fault. He was ever-conscious of his clients’ welfare, with remarkable birding skills which he relentlessly employed to ensure that all members of the group regularly saw, identified and enjoyed each species, including mammals and reptiles.
Glen Valentine is an asset to any birding group with his excellent knowledge of birds and his friendly outgoing personality. He is helpful to both experienced and inexperienced birders alike. I would not hesitate to join another birding tour where he was leader or co-leader as I know from experience that it would be a thoroughly enjoyable and informative tour.
This tour was our first one with Greg de Klerk. I would certainly go with him again. He is an extremely good birder, quick to locate birds and get all of the tour group on them. He worked hard to get those difficult endemics. His sense of humour added greatly to the group experience. What…